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Lucy Stamm

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Perennial Hope - 2023-10-01

October 8, 2023

Jesus Christ remains unchanged. So, thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

A non-Catholic Christian man, who had just picked up a food order, was passing by as we set up. Offered a free Rosary, he paused to loudly proclaim that he “loved Jesus.” “So do we!” we said. Then e. Chuck added, “God is good!” At that, the man burst into song as continued on his way, singing “God is so good!” in his beautifully rich baritone voice, the words reverberating between buildings. Thank God for the man’s faith, and pray that we all boldly proclaim God’s goodness to the world.

An educators gathering was going on in the convention center. Although about 95% of attendees declined our offer of a Rosary, some did accept and a few others gladly proclaimed their Catholicity. May God bless them and grant them the courage to know and teach only truth!

E. James talked with a boy in his early teens, who ended up accepting a Rosary. A little later, the boy came back and asked for another one for his mom. We encouraged them to pray it together.

A different teenage boy came to the table, accompanied by yet another. Yes, he would like a Rosary, he said. As we set him up with one, e. Lucy asked if he were Christian. “No, Jewish”, he replied. So, e. Lucy encouraged him to use the Mysteries of the Rosaries to get to know who Jesus is. His companion declined receiving a Rosary. May God grant our visitor a fascination with Jesus and come to realize that He is his long-awaited Messiah!

In response to our offer of a free Rosary, two economically and/or housing-challenged men stopped at the table. They said they were familiar with the devotion. After choosing one apiece, the one who smelled strongly of hard liquor declined receiving the pamphlet on how to pray it. May God free them from harmful habits, heal them, and grant them salvation!

No sign of “Justin” this week. But, perhaps there was too much standing water for his skateboard wheels. Lord, we continue to implore you for his conversion, healing, and salvation.

A tall, slim man went by, whom e. Lucy thought she recognized from about a month back, who had sported magenta hair and had been opposed to Christianity. This time, his hair was not visible under his hoodie, perhaps due to the rain. And this time, he just politely said, “no, thank you”. May God bless him and save him.

Another passing man pulled his headphones off his ears and, from a distance, assured us that, although he believed in God, he didn’t think any particular religion more right than any other. It seems his distrust of religions stems from his upbringing in a large non-Christian sect. E. Lucy encouraged him to take a Rosary and pray it to get to know Jesus better. But he declined, wanting to leave on a positive note. Pray that he becomes open to an encounter with the one true God in Jesus Christ.

A previous visitor, the young-adult Catholic man “Jesús”, accompanied this time by a Catholic girlfriend, stopped to quickly say hi. We mention him in reminder to pray for his perseverance in the Faith.

Unusually, we had steady rain throughout the session. Someone said it had been predicted to stop about the time we set up. However, It continued. Thus, foot traffic was light, and the few people who were out were not in the mood to linger and chat with us.

Despite the inclement weather, the three evangelists gave away 10-12 Rosaries and the pamphlet on how to pray it.

Please pray for us again today? Ask God to send people to us with hearts prepared to perceive their need for Our Savior Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.

Jesus still needs to be proclaimed. So, thank you again for your prayers and other support for this apostolate. In turn, may God protect and greatly bless you and all those you love!

“Go with the strength you have” (Judg 6:14).